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Astronomers have located an exceptionally massive black hole - almost 16 times the mass of the Sun - in orbit around a huge companion star. By combining observations from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory with optical data from the Gemini telescope, the black hole known as M33 X-7 was determined to be the most massive black hole in its class. This result has intriguing implications for the evolution and ultimate fate of massive stars. (Credit: AURA/Gemini Obs./SDSU/J.Orosz et al.)
Topics: What -- Sun, What -- Gemini, Where -- M33
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2007/m33x7/more.html
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This image of the Cartwheel Galaxy was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in blue band visible light. The Cartwheel is part of a group of galaxies about 400 million light years away in the constellation Sculptor [ http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/constellations/sculptor.html ]. (Credit: NASA/STScI)
Topics: What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Visible Light, What -- Constellation, What -- Sculptor
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2006/cartwheel/more.html
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M86 (NGC 4406): Cluster's Gain is Galaxy's Loss
Topic: Where -- M86
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2003/m86/index.html
Black" Black Holes: Chandra Uncovers New Evidence For Event Horizons Surrounding Black Holes
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2001/blackholes/index.html
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More Images of Abell 2390 & MS2137.3-2353
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2001/clusters/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by Animation: ESA/Hubble/M. Kornmesser & L. L. Christensen Image: X-ray: NASA/CXC/ASU/J.Hester et al.; Optical: NASA/ESA/ASU/J.Hester & A.Loll; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. Minn./R.Gehrz
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Animation and Composite Image of Crab Nebula. MPEG This sequence begins with an artist's animation of the explosion that produced the Crab Nebula, now an expanding debris field of extremely high-energy particles created from the death of a massive star. The view then fades into an image of the Crab composed of data from Chandra (light blue), Hubble (green and dark blue), and Spitzer (red). [Runtime: 0:18]
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2006/crab/animations.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
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Southern Constellations Map: September
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/constellations/sept_const.html
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Hubble Space Telescope ultraviolet observations made during the Chandra monitoring period of Jupiter showed relatively weak ultraviolet flaring. The combined Chandra and Hubble data indicate that the auroral activity was caused by the acceleration of charged ions of oxygen and other elements trapped in the polar magnetic field high above Jupiter's atmosphere. Hubble observed Jupiter for one-and-a-half hours on February 26, 2003. (Credit: NASA/STScI)
Topics: What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Jupiter, What -- Polar
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2005/jupiter/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
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Cartwheel Galaxy with Scale Bar
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2006/cartwheel/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by Animation: CXC/A.Hobart
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X-ray Image Dissolve to Black Hole Animation This sequence zooms to one of the point-like sources in NGC 4697 and then dissolves to an artist?s animation of gas falling toward a black hole or an X-ray binary system, in which a neutron star or black hole is pulling gas off a normal companion star. [Run time = 0:20 sec]
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2002/1140/animations.html
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A dark dust lane, running to the south and east of the nucleus, is apparent in this 2MASS image, which covers the near-infrared portion of the spectrum. The disk of the galaxy, overall, is much fainter than the bright nucleus. Maiolino et al. propose, based on Hubble Space Telescope near-infrared NICMOS imaging, that this dust lane traces a nuclear gas bar that may be responsible for feeding the active nucleus. (Credit: S. Van Dyk (IPAC))
Topics: What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- NICMOS, What -- Circinus, What -- Galaxy 2
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2001/0167/more.html
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CL0958+4702 with Scale Bar
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2007/cl0958/more.html
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This optical image of Venus was taken with a 4-inch Newtonian telescope by Konrad Dennerl, the lead author of the paper on the Chandra observations of Venus. (Credit: Konrad Dennerl)
Topic: What -- Venus
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2001/venus/more.html
BALQSO Illustration: A Quasar's Identity May Simply Be In The Eye Of The Beholder
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2001/qso/index.html
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This optical image of Adromeda was taken by the National Science Foundation's 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory. Located in the constellation of Andromeda (the Princess), the Andromeda Galaxy is a large spiral galaxy very similar to our own Galaxy, the Milky Way. Also known as Andromeda Galaxy (M31), the Andromeda Galaxy is over 65,000 light years in diameter and approximately 2.9 million light years from Earth. (Credit: NOAO/AURA/NSF/T.Rector & B.A.Wolpa)
Topics: What -- Constellation, What -- Andromeda, What -- Earth, Where -- M31
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2007/m31/more.html
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More Images of NGC 3079
Topic: Where -- NGC 3079
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2003/ngc3079/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by X-ray: NASA/CXC/Penn State/E.Feigelson & K.Getman et al.; Optical: NASA/ESA/STScI/M. Robberto et al.
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Color code: X-ray: (Blue, yellow, orange); Optical (red-purple)
Topic: What -- Orion
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2007/orion/index.html
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Chandra image of Eta Carinae at high X-ray energies. At these energies, Eta Carinae is less than a light month across. This radiation could be coming from hot material very near the central star. (Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO)
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/1999/0099/more.html
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The jet in Circinus X-1 is helping astronomers better understand how neutron stars, and not just black holes, can generate powerful beams. Many jets have been found originating near black holes (both the supermassive and stellar-mass variety), but the Circinus X-1 jet is the first extended X-ray jet associated with a neutron star in a binary system. This detection shows that the unusual properties of black holes -- such as presence of an event horizon and the lack of an actual surface -- may...
Topic: What -- Circinus
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2007/cirx1/more.html
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Abell 3627 with Scale Bar
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2007/a3627/more.html
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Chandra image of Eta Carinae at the lowest X-ray energies. The radiation from gas around 3 million degrees Celsius is especially prominent here. This image shows that the 3 million degree Celsius gas is spread out in a broad diffuse horseshoe-shaped region that is about 2 light years across. (Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO)
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/1999/0099/more.html
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NGC 281 with Scale Bar
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2007/ngc281/more.html
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by NASA/Ohio U./T.Statler et al.
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Color code: Energy: Blue (low), Red (high)
Topic: Where -- NGC 1
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2002/n1700/index.html
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Chandra's image of G292.0+1.8 shows remarkable complexity and structure in the debris field of this exploded star. Each color represents different elements such as oxygen, neon, magnesium, and silicon. The distribution of these elements gives astronomers clues about how the star exploded. The close-up zooms into the region around the dense core that remains of the star, seen in the highest-energy X-rays detected by Chandra. (Credit: NASA/CXC/Penn State/S.Park et al.)
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2007/g292/more.html
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by JHUAPL/SwRI
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New Horizons Path Past Jupiter. MPEG On February 28, 2007, the New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to Jupiter on its ultimate journey toward Pluto. Its unusual trajectory took New Horizons down Jupiter's so-called magnetotail, or magnetic tail, a region where no spacecraft has gone before. [Runtime: 0:13]
Topics: What -- New Horizons, What -- Jupiter, What -- Pluto
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2007/jupiter/animations.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by NASA/CXC/PSU/L.Townsley et al.
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Chandra X-ray Image with Scale Bar
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2005/trump/more.html
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This Hubble Space Telescope image of Saturn, captured in November 2000 (1 of 5 images taken from 1996-2000), show Saturn's rings nearly fully open as it moved towards winter in its Northern Hemisphere. Saturn's equator is tilted relative to its orbit by 27 degrees, very similar to the 23-degree tilt of the Earth. As Saturn moves along its orbit, first one hemisphere, then the other is tilted towards the Sun. This cyclical change causes seasons on Saturn, just as the changing orientation of...
Topics: What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Saturn, What -- Earth, What -- Sun
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2005/saturn_rngs/more.html
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by NASA/CXC
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This Chandra image taken in March 2002 shows the black hole XTE J1550-564 (center), the approaching eastern jet, and the receding western jet (right). In four years the jets moved about two light years from the black hole. The apparent large size of the source of X-rays from the vicinity of the black hole is an instrumental artifact due to the brightness of the source. The size of the source is consistent with a point-like object. Scale:
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2002/xtej1550/more.html
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This is an optical image of the Chandra X-ray field. The circles indicate regions when Chandra has detected an X-ray source. Note that many circles (6,8,16,21) do not show an optical source at their center. (Credit: NASA/GSFC/R.Mushotzky et al.)
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2000/bg/more.html
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More Images of Sagittarius A
Topic: What -- Sagittarius
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2001/sgr_a/more.html
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A long Chandra exposure of M87 has revealed a shock wave in high-energy X-rays as well as evidence for a series of outbursts from the central supermassive black hole. The image shows a series of loops and bubbles in the hot, X-ray emitting gas. These are relics of small outbursts from close to the black hole. Other remarkable features are seen in M87 for the first time including narrow filaments of X-ray emission, which may be due to hot gas trapped to magnetic fields. One of these filaments is...
Topic: Where -- M87
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2006/m87/more.html
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by NASA/CXC/U.Leicester/U.London/R.Soria & K.Wu
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Color code: Energy: Red (0.3-1 keV), Green (1-2 keV), Blue (2-8 keV)
Topic: Where -- M83
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2003/1154/index.html
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Introduction to Constellations
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/constellations/constellations_intro.html
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by Kitt Peak: NOAO/AURA/NSF/T.A.Rector; Gemini: AURA/Gemini Obs./SDSU/J.Orosz et al.; HST: NASA/STScI/SDSU/J.Orosz et al.; Chandra: NASA/CXC/CfA/P.Plucinsky et al.
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Images of M33 X-7. MPEG This sequence begins with a wide-field optical image from Kitt Peak of M33, a spiral galaxy about 3 million light years from Earth, and then zooms into a view from the Gemini telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Next, the view zooms into an even smaller field, from the Hubble Space Telescope, that includes M33 X-7, the most massive known black hole to be formed from the collapse of a star. The final image is a composite of the region around M33 X-7 that contains both the...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Gemini, What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), Where -- M33, Where -- Hawaii
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2007/m33x7/animations.html
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NGC 4438 & NGC 4435: Galactic Fender-Bender In Virgo
Topic: What -- Virgo
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2003/ngc4438/index.html
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NGC 3576 with Scale Bar
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2006/ngc3576/more.html
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Sagittarius A* with Scale Bar
Topic: What -- Sagittarius
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2005/sgra/more.html
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This side-by-side comparison shows the subtle, though significant, differences in the X-ray (green) and optical (blue) emission from the planet Venus. Careful inspection shows that the X-ray emission extends just slightly farther than the optical. (Credit: Xray: NASA/CXC/MPE/K.Dennerl et al., Optical: Konrad Dennerl)
Topic: What -- Venus
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2001/venus/more.html
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Chandra's observation of the hot halo surrounding the optical disk of NGC 5746 should help astronomers better understand how galaxies form. Spiral galaxies are thought to form from enormous clouds of intergalactic gas that collapse to form spinning disks of stars and gas. The Chandra data and computer simulations show that the likely origin of NGC 5746's hot halo is the gradual inflow of intergalactic matter left over from the formation of the galaxy. (Credit: NASA/CXC/U. Copenhagen/K.Pedersen...
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2006/n5746/more.html
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The galaxies M81, M82, and NGC 3077 in optical light (top) and radio waves from neutral hydrogen atoms (wavelength of 21 cm HI). The radio image shows tidal streamers of hydrogen gas connecting all three galaxies. These streamers were produced by a collision within the last 300 million years. (Credits: Optical: Digitized sky survey; Radio: NRAO/VLA/M.S.Yun)
Topics: Where -- M81, Where -- M82, Where -- NGC 3077
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2000/m82bh/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by X-ray: NASA/CXC/U.Amsterdam/S.Migliari et al., Radio: G.M. Dubner, et al.
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In this X-ray/radio composite image, the radio data (upper left) were observed by the VLA and Bonn 100m on August 19, 1996 for about 7 hours (bandwidth = 1465 MHz). The pullout box of the Chandra X-ray data (lower right) shows two high speed lobes of 50 million degree gas 5 trillion kilometers apart on opposite sides of a binary black hole system. Scale (Radio):
Topic: What -- VLA
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2002/0214/more.html
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Animations of Titan
Topic: What -- Titan
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2004/titan/animations.html
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Artist's Conception of X-ray Binary System. An artist's conception shows a double star system with a normal Sun-like star in orbit around a black hole. As gaseous matter is pulled from the normal star, it forms a disk around the black hole and is heated to temperatures of millions of degrees. Intense electromagnetic forces in the disk can expel jets of high-energy particles. (Credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss)
Topic: What -- Sun
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2002/xtej1550/more.html
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by ESO/VLT/P.Rosati et al.
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This image combines optical and near-infrared (red, yellow, and green) emission from galaxies in the cluster RDCS 1252.9-2927 as taken by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Cerro Paranal. Observations using the VLT provided a precise measurement of the distance to the cluster. Scale:
Topics: What -- Very Large Telescope, What -- VLT
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2004/rdcs1252/more.html
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by NASA/CXC/NRAO/F.Yusef-Zadeh
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This image of the galactic center was taken on March 31, 1984 with NRAO's Very Large Array (VLA). Displayed in red, the image shows some of the filamentary structures that appear in centimeter radio wavelengths. The field of view is the same as the Chandra image. Scale:
Topics: What -- Very Large Array, What -- VLA
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2004/sgra/more.html
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In this image, the X-ray emission from Venus, as seen in its half-crescent phase, has been smoothed. (Credit: NASA/CXC/MPE/K.Dennerl et al.)
Topic: What -- Venus
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2001/venus/more.html
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Sagittarius A* Animations
Topic: What -- Sagittarius
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2003/0203long/animations.html
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Chandra X-ray Image with Scale Bar. Scale bar = 2 arcmin (Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO/R.DiStefano et al.)
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2004/m101/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by Animation: NASA/CXC/A.Hobart
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MPEG This animation depicts an eruption caused by a supermassive black hole. Gas and dust (reddish-brown disk) are being pulled around by the enormous gravity of the supermassive black hole, which is buried in the center of a large elliptical galaxy. The animation then zooms out to show the full view of the galaxy, which is surrounded by hot gas (red) that pervades the galaxy cluster. White jets, fueled from material falling onto the black hole, then erupt from the black hole and push gas...
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2005/ms0735/animations.html
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Jupiter with Scale Bar
Topic: What -- Jupiter
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2007/jupiter/more.html
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by NASA/CXC/Manchester et al.
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X-ray/Radio Composite of SNR 0540-69.3
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2004/snr0540/more.html
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More Images of The Antennae
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2004/antennae/more.html
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Scale bar = 5 arcsec (Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO)
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/1999/0064/more.html
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This Chandra X-ray image, which represents X-rays within the range of 0.5 to 7 keV, of the Centaurus cluster has been adaptively smoothed. (Credit: NASA/IoA/J.Sanders & A.Fabian)
Topic: What -- Centaurus
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2002/0146/more.html
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This composite overlays the Chandra and the Hubble images on top of one another. (Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/A.Siemiginowska (CfA) & J.Bechtold (U. Arizona) Optical: NASA/HST/CfA/A.Siemiginowska et al.)
Topic: Where -- Arizona
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2002/1127/more.html
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by Credit: X-ray: NASA/IOTA/S.Allen et al. Optical: HST
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Chandra X-ray Image with Scale Bar
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2001/clusters/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by Animation: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss
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MPEG These two illustrations show the difference between the very biggest supermassive black holes in the Universe and relatively smaller ones. In each case, the black hole is swallowing large amounts of gas from a surrounding disk. The first illustration is of a black hole with a mass between about 10 million and 100 million Suns. Here, the central black hole is obscured by a thick donut-shaped cloud of dust and gas. The second shows the growth of a larger black hole, with a mass greater than...
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2005/bhlock/animations.html
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The optical image (left) of NGC 891 shows a dark disk of dust and gas, with contours outlining the region where the X-ray shadow of the galaxy is darkest. The Chandra image (right) shows a few point-like sources due to neutron stars and black holes, and a shadow cast by the galaxy on an otherwise bright background of X-rays. This shadow is evidence for a source of X-rays beyond the galaxy. These X-rays are thought to come from a vast, distant intergalactic cloud of multimillion degree gas....
Topic: Where -- NGC 891
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2002/igm/more.html
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This Chandra X-ray image shows the full-field view of the globular star cluster 47 Tucanae. Located within this image is 47 Tuc W, a double, or binary star system consisting of a normal star and a pulsar. The pulsar rotates every 2.35 milliseconds. Chandra's image of 47 Tucanae shows about 20 millisecond pulsars in the globular cluster, but 47 Tuc W stands out from the crowd because it produces more high-energy X-rays than the others. (Credit: NASA/CXC/Northwestern U./C.Heinke et al.)
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2005/47tuc/more.html
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by Animation: NASA/CXC/A.Hobart
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MPEG This animation shows a supermassive black hole within a galaxy like the one located in NGC 1365. Scientists believe that the black hole at the center of the galaxy is fed by a steady stream of material, presumably in the form of a disk. Material just about to fall into a black hole should be heated to millions of degrees before passing over the event horizon, or point of no return. This process creates X-ray light that Chandra can detect. [Runtime: 0:27]
Topic: Where -- NGC 1365
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2007/ngc1365/animations.html
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by NASA/ESA/JHU/R.Sankrit & W.Blair
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The Chandra data was taken with the Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer (ACIS) on June 30, 2000 for about 14 hours. Hubble's image was taken with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) on August 28/29, 2003 & May 26, 2004 for a total of 6.5 hours. The Multiband Imaging Photometer for Spitzer (MIPS) and Spitzer's Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) were used to collect data on August 25, 2004 and September 3, 2004 for 1.5 hours. Scale:
Topics: What -- Advanced Camera for Surveys, What -- Spectrometer, What -- MIPS, What -- Infrared Array...
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2004/kepler/more.html
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by X-ray: NASA/CXC/CfA/R.P.Kraft; Optical: Pal.Obs. DSS
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Color code: X-ray: Blue; Optical: Yellow
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2007/3c438/index.html
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4C37.43 with Scale Bar
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2006/4c37/more.html
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Puppis A with Scale Bar
Topic: What -- Puppis
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2006/puppisa/more.html
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by NASA/CXC/UCLA/MIT/M.Muno et al.
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The 3-color X-ray image was produced by combining a dozen Chandra observations made of the central region of the Milky Way. The colors represent low (red), medium (green) and high (blue) energy X-rays. Chandra's unique resolving power has allowed astronomers to identify thousands of point-like X-ray sources due to neutron stars, black holes, white dwarfs, foreground stars, and background galaxies. What remains is a diffuse X-ray glow extending from the upper left to the lower right, along the...
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2004/sgra/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by NASA/CXC/M.Weiss
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MPEG This animation shows an artist's representation of the huge collision in the bullet cluster. Hot gas, containing most of the normal matter in the cluster, is shown in red and dark matter is in blue. During the collision the hot gas in each cluster is slowed and distorted by a drag force, similar to air resistance. A bullet-shaped cloud of gas forms in one of the clusters. In contrast, the dark matter is not slowed by the impact, because it does not interact directly with itself or the gas...
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2006/1e0657/animations.html
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by NRAO/VLA/F.Zadeh et al.
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Displayed in red, this image shows the spectacular filamentary structures that appear in centimeter radio wavelengths. The region marked on the upper left side shows the location of Chandra's X-ray data for DB00-6. The radio image was taken on March 31, 1984 with NRAO's Very Large Array (VLA). Scale:
Topics: What -- Very Large Array, What -- VLA
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2004/db/more.html
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Scale bar = 52 arcsec Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/INAF-Brera/G.Trinchieri et al.; Optical: Pal.Obs. DSS
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2003/stephan/more.html
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This image shows the Chandra X-ray Observatory observation of the sky surrounding the afterglow and host galaxy of the HETE short burst of July 9, 2005. The circle indicates the region of sky from which HETE saw the burst. The box, inset, indicates where the X-ray and optical afterglow of the burst was ultimately found. The bright X-ray afterglow of the burst is apparent in the middle of this box. The colors indicate the intensity of the X-ray emission (1.0-7.0 keV) as seen by the Advanced CCD...
Topic: What -- Spectrometer
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2005/grb050709/more.html
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NGC 1569 Composite Optical/X-ray image. This image illustrates the relationship between starlight, warm, and hot gas in the dwarf galaxy NGC 1569, which is undergoing a burst of star formation. The green color shows X-rays from multimillion degree Celsius gas heated by shock waves. Red shows optical, or visible, light from warm gas (tens of thousands of degrees Celsius), heated by ultraviolet light from massive stars. Large loops of the warm gas can be seen extending above and below the disk of...
Topics: What -- Visible Light, Where -- NGC 1569, Where -- dwarf galaxy
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2002/1060/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by NASA/CXC/Columbia/C. Scharf et al.
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Chandra's mosaic of images of the Fornax cluster reveals that the vast cloud of ten-million-degree Celsius gas around the giant elliptical galaxy at the cluster's core (labeled "NGC 1399") with a swept-back cometary shape that extends for more than half a million light years. This geometry suggests that the hot gas cloud is moving through a larger, but less dense cloud of gas that creates an intergalactic headwind. The core motion, combined with optical observations of the motion of a...
Topics: What -- Fornax, Where -- NGC 1
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2004/fornax/more.html
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NGC 281 shows a centralized cluster of hot blue stars, dust and gas, and lanes of obscuring dust. NGC 281 is about 9,500 light years from Earth in the constellation Cassiopeia. This wide-field view of the star-forming region NGC 281 was taken with the WIYN 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, AZ. (Credit: NSF/AURA/WIYN/Univ. of Alaska/T.A.Rector)
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Constellation, What -- Cassiopeia
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2007/ngc281/more.html
Chandra Space Telescope Collection
by NASA/CXC/ASU/J. Hester et al.
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This image represents a snapshot from a movie that shows dynamic rings, wisps and jets of matter and antimatter around the pulsar in the Crab Nebula as observed in X-ray light by Chandra. The inner ring is about one light year across. Scale:
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Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2002/0052/more.html
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Eta Carinae
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/1999/0099/seeit.html
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This optical image of the active galaxy NGC 1068, taken by Hubble's WFPC2, gives a detailed view of the spiral arms in the inner parts of the galaxy. (Credit: NASA/STScI/A.Capetti et al.)
Topics: What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), Where -- NGC 1
Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2003/ngc1068/more.html